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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

Winter Events & Programs

The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Sat 06 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Project/Event Description: We will be spreading mulch on the trails, removing invasive species, and picking up litter.

Meeting Location: The Nature Interpretive Center in Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, located at 2351 Veterans Rd W Staten Island, NY 10309. We are located near the intersection of Veterans Rd W and Sharrotts Rd. All ages welcome


Registration: Required
Sat 13 May
International Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 13, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Over 160 species of birds have been spotted in our Preserve. Learn about the ones that vacation and pass through here by playing games and hiking. Binoculars provided!

Ages 5+

Sat 03 Jun
Farm Tour
Saturday, June 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Take a tour of the historic Gericke Farm to learn about local history and everything that goes into operating a small organic farm. Meet at 2876 Arthur Kill Road.

All ages welcome.

Sat 10 Jun
National Get Outdoors Day Hike
Saturday, June 10, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise and learn about our wild residents.

All ages welcome.

Sat 24 Jun
Leave No Trace
Saturday, June 24, 2017 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about how to camp and hike without disturbing our natural world.

Ages 10+

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